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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

More Christmas Cards... woot, woot!

 This card quite LITERALLY kicked my butt for the last three days. From taking forever to design, to having the perfect black with gold words background paper in my stash, to running to Michaels for a replacement paper because I only had enough for two cards and had FOUR colored images, to paying WAY TOO MUCH for a piece that I could "fudge" to work with black paper behind a clear sheet with gold words, to forgetting to use the embossing buddy before embossing, to holding the heat gun too close to the replacement paper (which was plastic) and watching it melt, to having the glue dot behind the button stick to me and rip the paper, to asking myself, "I do this because... why?"  OMG!!  I am SOOO happy this is done!!!
 
But, once finished, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I love, love, love cardinals!  The image is from a Clearly Gina K collection called "Peace and Joy".  Colored with Copics, cut with my new Scan 'N Cut and popped up over the circle with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set that doesn't appear to have a name (CL559) but I'm sure I'll use again.  I don't own the image so I'm guessing I won't be tempted to duplicate THIS card again.  Once is quite enough!! But the best part of completing this is, I can add four more to my January Christmas cards... :)


Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's STILL Christmas?

 As many of you know, I've challenged myself to make a minimum of five Christmas cards a month and have done so for the past six years.  First for Operation Write Home and now for my personal stash.  Last year, I was SOOOO pleased to have a wide variety of cards to send to several different people, including thirty-two DIFFERENT for the Ernman's co-workers.  Last night, Sherry and I were messaging and challenged each other to get five done BEFORE bedtime.  Since it was already 7pm, that was challenging in more ways than one for me... 

Bling in the center?  Or no bling?  I can't tell which I like better. I'm leaning toward no bling...
 
I finished up about 9:30pm... with SIX done!  Off and running for 2017.  YAY!  Sherry sent a picture of HER card and it's phenomenal.  We both are ahead of the game and this was motivating doing it WITH someone, if only virtually.. :)
 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Top Ten for 2016...

It was a much slower year for me, in blogging , then in past years.  Only 26 posts.  Wow!  I did, however, rock my Christmas card input for the year.  Not only was the # high, there were many DIFFERENT ones.  AND, I have twenty-five not used and ready for next year... bonus!

SO, without further ado, my Top Ten Cards of 2016...

I started the year off by hitting the ground running with my FIVE Christmas cards a month challenge.  This was one of fourteen made from the Simon Says Stamp December 2015 Card kit.   HERE is the original post...
 
 By February, I was taking an online class thru Craftsy, called Cards with Dimension which REALLY took some of my cards to a new level.  Original post HERE...

 Ernie's Valentine, using a stamp set by Inky Antics that I've had for a couple years.  Original post HERE...

Then along comes Cozy Crop in April and fellow crafter Deb, taught us how to make backgrounds on a cereal box.  This was so cool!!!!  THEN, layering on the bird I had previously colored and fussy-cut, I added one of her sentiments.  What a fun card!!  Original blog post HERE...

 Some more from that Craftsy class.  Original post HERE...

Tried out BRUSHO and made backgrounds...

This was so, so, SO much fun to color!  I want to do this again and again.  I think I've found a fellow crafter that'll be at Cozy Crop this year, that owns it and I'll ask if she can bring it, and I can stamp a few more images for coloring later.  Original post HERE...

I acquired a very, very, very LARGE box of stamps from our SIL's mom.  This stamp was pretty neat to color but took a LONG time.  Original blog post HERE... 
 
 And then, Scrapbook Expo was here in September.  I took four classes but this one was my favorite.  Original blog post HERE...

And the year isn't complete unless I add what became our personal Christmas card.  I took a class in NYC at the Ink Pad, in November, that was called Holiday Extravaganza.  I can't wait to take it again this year!!  It was wicked awesome!  I bought ALL the supplies to do this card (very unlike me) and made 32.  This was a very labor intensive project but I was very, very pleased with the outcome.  Original blog post HERE... 
 
I'm actually surprised that only four of ten are Christmas cards.  I really rocked my challenge this year making over 120 Christmas cards.  I mean, NAILED it!! 

SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR and let's go rock this year with lots of inspiration!!  :)



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Extravaganza in NYC...

 We made 22 Christmas cards at the "Holiday Extravaganza" that I attended this past weekend sponsored by the Ink Pad in NYC.  Our instructor was Cheiron Brandon, a former design team member of a number of different stamp companies.  These are all her designs.  For those of you actually counting, you're absolutely right, there's only 21 in the picture.  One of mine got lost between class and home... :(
 
 I loved this technique AND the final result.  We put paint on a stencil, spritzed it with water and laid our watercolor paper on it.  The stencil is from a set by Tim Holtz WHICH I WON AS A DOOR PRIZE!!  Woot, woot!  And not only that, the set is SIGNED by Tim Holtz... :)
 
 We stamped a wood grain stamp on white paper with a light distress ink for the background.  Die cuts and Nuvo drops were used and I see I missed a few berries...
 
 LOVED this one so much that it may be our personal card.  Although they had a "pop-up" store at the facility, I purchased the stamp set online for $10 less.  It's from Stampers Anonymous.  I was sad though, to discover the "string" they are hanging on comes from another set...
 
 Also in our class was the owner of Neat and Tangled.   This set is one of hers called "Scandinavian Prints Christmas"...
 
 Another Neat and Tangled stamp set called "Beary Merry"...
 
 ALL stamping here... pretty fun!
 
 We used distress ink thru a stencil for the effect in the background.  Die-cut by Neat and Tangled called "Merry and Bright"...
 
Another Neat and Tangled stamp set called "May Your Holidays Be".  The Die-cut background is called "Star Cover Plate".  We were rushing around the last half hour to finish some of our cards  we hadn't gotten to that I forgot to stamp the "Merry and Bright" stamp in the center of the ornament.  So, once home, I used this "Merry Christmas" from Close to My Heart. Also, when I assembled this at home, I accidently put it on upside down.  It's been a LONG time since I did that...
 
 Neat and Tangled "Elfs and Their Shelves"...
 
 Lawn Fawn "Home for the Holidays"...
 



 Lawn Fawn "Winter Unicorn"...
 
Lawn Fawn "Cheery Christmas"...
 
I thoroughly enjoyed the class.  I met some really nifty people at my table.  The young lady next to me is in the Army, visiting from Alaska, home for the holidays, at the class with her mom.  If I can work out the transportation issue I had, I'd definitely do this again.  It took me over FOUR hours to get home!  Damn PATH train...
 
SO, this ends my "Five Christmas Cards a Month" Challenge until January!  Of course, now I have to make our personal ones but it's still great to go out with a bang... :)


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ut oh! Only three...

 I borrowed this image from a friend.  It's a Penny Black called "Deck the Halls".  Wicked cute!  I have no clue why I only stamped three.  I ALWAYS stamp five when it comes to Christmas images.  THAT MEANS, I need to make two MORE Christmas cards before the month is out.  Wish me luck, as my schedule goes into double time for the rest of the month... ;)
 
I colored these at Susan's yesterday and created the cards today.  The sentiment is from a Close to My Heart set that I own called, Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop.  I added vellum behind the image to tone down the red stripes (a trick I saw in one of my groups) and added twine and brad from my stash for a little interest...


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sending my love...

 I borrowed the "Sending My Love" stamp set by Unity Stamps from my friend Susan a couple months ago.  Since I've added a good twenty Copics to my collection in the last month, it's been incredibly fun to color images.  Before I return the set to her this weekend, I'll be sure to stamp up several more images to color at another time...
 
The paper is from a paper stack I've had forever but I'm out in Ohio and can't tell you from whom the pad came.  Miscellaneous burlap, sequins and ephemera from my stash.  Along with twine from my Etsy shop.  Now, I'm off to put these in the mail to friends who could use a smile...


Friday, September 30, 2016

September Christmas cards...

 I received a HUGE box of rubber stamps from Scott's mom over the summer and FINALLY made time to use one of them... it's only ONE of hundreds in that box!  Ou vey!  The stamp is made by Hero Arts called Kris Kringle dated 1996... wow!
 
 I started coloring this, off and on, at the beginning of the month.  It was all finished except for mounting on the card back on the very last day, almost the very last hour...
 
This morning, October 1st, I added the twine and heart brad and put glossy accents on the fur of his coat.  There sure was alot of work involved in coloring this so, it definitely won't be our personal card, but it was really fun to do...